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Kids Read at the Library

United States, 1900 - 1938     View List as Printable PDF

Chapter Books (J Fiction) -- Grades 3-8

ABERNATHY BOYS

ABERNATHY BOYS
by Hunt, Laura

A fictionalized account of the adventurous 1909 journey of 9-year-old Bud Abernathy and his 5-year-old brother, Temp, who traveled alone, mostly on horseback, from their home in Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back again, crossing the vast, desertlike no-man's-land in the Texas Panhandle known as the caprock.

ALL THE WAY HOME

ALL THE WAY HOME
by Giff, Patricia Reilly

In 1941, circumstances bring together Brick, a boy from New York's apple country, & Mariel, a young girl made shy by her bout with polio, & the two make a journey from Brooklyn back to help Brick's elderly neighbors save their apple crop and to help Mariel learn about her past.

ALMOND ORCHARD

ALMOND ORCHARD
by Coats, Laura Jane

A woman remembers helping her family tend their almond orchard through the seasons as she was growing up & contemplates the changes that technology has brought to the process.

ANASTASIA: The Last Grand Duchess

ANASTASIA: The Last Grand Duchess
Series Title: Royal Diaries
by Meyer, Carolyn
J FICTION MEY
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.

ANNA'S FIGHT FOR HOPE: THE GREAT DEPRESSION

ANNA'S FIGHT FOR HOPE: THE GREAT DEPRESSION
Series Title: Sisters in Time
by Grote, JoAnn

During the Great Depression, twelve-year-old Anna and her cousin Fred witness much hunger, poverty and despair, and decide to help those in need.

BEST BAD THING

BEST BAD THING
by Uchida, Yoshiko

At first dismayed at having to spend the last of her summer vacation helping out in the household of recently widowed Mrs. Hata, Rinko discovers there are pleasant surprises for her, but then bad things start to happen. Sequel to "A Jar of Dreams."

BETSY-TACY

BETSY-TACY
Series Title: Betsy-Tacy
by Lovelace, Maud Hart

The adventures of 3 inseparable girls in a Minnesota town in the early 1900's. Starting when the girls are eight, the books chronicle their lives as they grow up and discover the world in and beyond their neighborhood.
1. Betsy-Tacy
2. Betsy-Tacy and Tib
3. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
4. Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
5. Heaven to Betsy
6. Betsy and Joe

BREAD AND ROSES, TOO

BREAD AND ROSES, TOO
by Paterson, Katherine

Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

BUD, NOT BUDDY

BUD, NOT BUDDY
by Curtis, Christopher Paul
J FIC CUR
10-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

CARRIE'S COURAGE: BATTLING  THE POWERS OF BIGOTRY

CARRIE'S COURAGE: BATTLING THE POWERS OF BIGOTRY
Series Title: Sisters in Time
by Lutz, Norma Jean

Carrie tries to protect her Jewish friend from intolerant people.

CAT RUNNING

CAT RUNNING
by Snyder, Zilpha Keatley

When 11-year-old Cat Kinsey builds a secret hideout to escape her unhappy homelife, she slowly gets to know a poor family who have come to California after losing their Texas home to the dust storms of the 1930s.

CHRISTMAS AFTER ALL

CHRISTMAS AFTER ALL
Series Title: Dear America
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
Subtitle: The Diary of Minnie Swift: Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932
In her fictionalized journal, 11-year-old Minnie Swift recounts how her family dealt with the difficult times during the Depression and how the arrival of an orphan from Texas changed their lives in Indianapolis just before Christmas 1932.

COUNTING ON GRACE

COUNTING ON GRACE
by Winthrop, Elizabeth

It's 1910 in Pownal, Vermont. At 12 Grace and her best friend Arthur must go to work in the mill, helping their mothers work the looms. Together Grace and Arthur write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underage children working in the mill. A few weeks later, Lewis Hine, a famous reformer arrives undercover to gather evidence. Grace meets him and appears in some of his photographs, changing her life forever.

COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS

COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS
by Sandin, Joan

In 1938-1939, 4th-grader Monchi Ramirez and the other students at Coyote School enjoy their new teacher, have a special Christmas celebration, participate in the Tucson Rodeo Parade, and produce their own school newspaper.

DANGEROUS WATERS: AN ADVENTURE ON TITANIC

DANGEROUS WATERS: AN ADVENTURE ON TITANIC
by Mone, Gregory
J FIC MON
Determined to focus on work rather than books, as his father had, 12-year-old Patrick Waters leaves Belfast as a steward on the Titanic, but the very wealthy Harry Widener arranges to tutor him, drawing Patrick into association with thieves seeking Harry's very rare edition of Francis Bacon's Essays.

DAVE AT NIGHT

DAVE AT NIGHT
by Levine, Gail Carson

When orphaned Dave is sent to the Hebrew Home for Boys where he is treated cruelly, he sneaks out at night and is welcomed into the music- and culture-filled world of the Harlem Renaissance.

DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE

DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE
by Peck, Robert Newton

To a 13-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter.

DOCTOR LIKE PAPA

DOCTOR LIKE PAPA
by Kinsey-Wamock, Natalie

When the influenza epidemic of 1918 comes to Vermont, 11-year-old Margaret, who has always wanted to be a physician, finds out what doctoring is like.

DOVEY COE

DOVEY COE
by Dowell, Frances O'Roark

When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a stronged-willed 12-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.

DRAGON'S CHILD

DRAGON'S CHILD
by Yep, Laurence

In 1922, ten-year-old Gim Lew reluctantly leaves his village in China to accompany his father to America, but before they go he must prepare for a grueling test that he must pass--without stuttering--at California's Angel Island, where strict officials strive to keep out unwanted immigrants. Includes facts about immigration from China and the experiences of the author's family.

DRAGONWINGS

DRAGONWINGS
by Yep, Laurence

In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

DREAMS IN THE GOLDEN COUNTRY

DREAMS IN THE GOLDEN COUNTRY
Series Title: Dear America
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
Subtitle: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903
12-year-old Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account of the first eighteen months of her family's life on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903-1904.

DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR

DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR
by Schlitz, Laura

At the Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans, 11-year-old Maud is adopted by three spinster sisters moonlighting as mediums who take her home and reveal to her the role she will play in their seances.

GAWGON AND THE BOY

GAWGON AND THE BOY
by Alexander, Lloyd

In Depression-era Philadelphia, when 11-year-old David is too ill to attend school, he is tutored by the unique & adventurous Aunt Annie, whose teaching combines with his imagination to greatly enrich his life.

GRAPE THIEF

GRAPE THIEF
by Franklin, Kristine

In 1925, in a small Washington State community made up of families from different ethnic backgrounds, twelve-year-old Cuss tries to stay in school as he watches those around him struggle with various financial difficulties.

HANNAH'S JOURNAL: The Story of an Immigrant Girl

HANNAH'S JOURNAL: The Story of an Immigrant Girl
Series Title: Young American Voices
by Moss, Marissa
J FICTION MOS
In the Russian shtetl where she and her family livein the early 1900's, Hannah is given a diary for her tenth birthday, and in it she records the dramatic story of her journey to America.

HAPPIEST ENDING

HAPPIEST ENDING
by Uchida, Yoshiko

When twelve-year-old Rinko learns that a neighbor's daughter is coming from Japan to marry a stranger twice her age, she sets out to change this arrangement and gains new insights into love and adult problems.

HEAR MY SORROW

HEAR MY SORROW
Series Title: Dear America
by Hopkinson, Deborah
J FICTION HOP
Subtitle: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City, 1909
Forced to drop out of school at the age of 14 to help support her family, Angela, an Italian immigrant, works long hours for low wages in a garment factory, and becomes a participant in the shirtwaist worker strikes of 1909.

HOME TO MEDICINE MOUNTAIN

HOME TO MEDICINE MOUNTAIN
by Santiago, Chiori

Two young Maidu Indian brothers sent to live at a government-run Indian residential school in California in the 1930's find a way to escape & return home for the summer. Story is based on the author's father and uncle's experiences.

HOPE IN MY HEART

HOPE IN MY HEART
Series Title: SOFIA'S IMMIGRANT DIARY
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
After her family immigrates to America from Italy in 1903, 10-year-old Sofia is quarantined at the Ellis Island Immigration Station, where she makes a good friend but endures nightmarish conditions.
1. HOPE IN MY HEART
2. HOME AT LAST

HOW IT HAPPENED IN PEACH HILL

HOW IT HAPPENED IN PEACH HILL
by Jocelyn, Marthe
J FICTION JOC
When 15-year-old Annie Grey and her "clairvoyant" mother arrive in Peach Hill, New York, in 1924, each finds a reason for wanting to finally settle down, but to reach their goals they will have to do some serious lying and Annie will have to stand up for herself.

I AM LAVINA CUMMING

I AM LAVINA CUMMING
by Lowell, Susan

In the early 1900's, while staying with relatives in California after the death of her mother, 10-year-old Lavina sees the arrival of the automobile & experiences the great San Francisco earthquake.

JAR OF DREAMS

JAR OF DREAMS
by Uchida, Yoshiko

A young girl grows up in a closely-knit Japanese American family in California during the 1930's, a time of great prejudice.

LEO AND THE LESSER LION

LEO AND THE LESSER LION
by Forrester, Sandra
J FICTION FOR
In Depression-era Alabama, 12-year-old Mary Bayliss Pettigrew struggles to understand why her beloved older brother, Leo, died and whether she, miraculously, survived for some special purpose.

LET THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN

LET THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
by Taylor, Mildred D.

Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive.

LETTERS TO MISSY VIOLET

LETTERS TO MISSY VIOLET
by Hathaway, Barbara
J FICTION HAT
iN THE 1920'S, while her friend Missy Violet, the town midwife, is away in Florida, 11-year-old Viney concerns herself with ailing neighbors, schoolmates, and her irrepressible cousin Charles, who feels superior because he has been to Harlem in New York City.

Little House on Rocky Ridge

Little House on Rocky Ridge
Series Title: Little House
by MacBride, Roger
J FICTION MAC
This series takes place in the late 1800's and early 1900's and follows the childhood of Rose, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, from her early years in Missouri, then to Louisiana, and finally to San Francisco.
1. Little House on Rocky Ridge
2. Little Farm in the Ozarks
3. In the Land of the Big Red Apple
4. On the Other Side of the Hill
5. Little Town in the Ozarks
6. New Dawn on Rocky Ridge
7. On the Banks of the Bayou
8. Bachelor Girl

LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE  BUCKMINSTER BOY

LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY
by Schmidt, Gary D.

In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.

MAN O' WAR

MAN O' WAR
by Farley, Walter

A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse.

MEET KIT

MEET KIT
Series Title: AMERICAN GIRLS
by Tripp, Valerie

In 1934, when her father's business closes because of the Great Depression forcing Kit to make changes in her life, the nine-year-old responds with resourcefulness.
1. Meet Kit
2. Kit Learns a Lesson
3. Kit's Surprise
4. Happy Birthday, Kit
5. Kit Saves the Day
6. Changes for Kit

MEET SAMANTHA

MEET SAMANTHA
Series Title: AMERICAN GIRLS
by various authors

In 1904, 9-year-old Samantha, an orphan living with her wealthy grandmother, & her servant friend Nellie have a midnight adventure when they try to find out what has happened to the seamstress who suddenly left her job.
1. Meet Samantha, by Susan Adler
2. Samantha Learns a Lesson, by Susan Adler
3. Samantha's Surprise, by Maxine Schur
4. Happy Birthday, Samantha, by Valerie Tripp
5. Samantha Saves the Day, by Valerie Tripp
6. Changes for Samantha, by Valerie Tripp

Mighty Miss Malone

Mighty Miss Malone
by Curtis, Christopher Paul
J FIC CUR
With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," 12-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.

MINSTREL'S MELODY

MINSTREL'S MELODY
by Tate, Eleanora E.

In 1904, 12-year-old Orphelia follows her dream by running away from home to join an all-black minstrel show headed for the Saint Louis World's Fair, & learns about her family's troubled past in the process.
"American Girl History Mysteries"

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
Series Title: Dear America
by Denenberg, Barry
J FICTION DEN
Subtitle: The Diary of Bess Brennan, The Perkins School for the Blind, 1932
In 1932, a twelve-year-old girl who lost her sight in an accident keeps a diary, recorded by her twin sister, in which she describes life at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.

MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE

MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE
by Taylor, Mildred D.

During a heavy rainstorm in 1930's rural Mississippi, a 10-year-old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengers off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers & then set off across the raging Rosa Lee River.

MISSY VIOLET AND ME

MISSY VIOLET AND ME
by Hathaway, Barbara
J FIC HAT
During the early 1900s, 11-year-old Viney spends her summer working for the local midwife and learns firsthand about birth, death, and "catchin' babies."

MOLLY'S PILGRIM

MOLLY'S PILGRIM
by Cohen, Barbara

Told to make a doll like a Pilgrim for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly's Jewish mother dresses the doll as she herself dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom--much to Molly's embarrassment.

RAG COAT

RAG COAT
by Mills, Lauren

Minna proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
by Taylor, Mildred D.

A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

ROSE'S JOURNAL: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression

ROSE'S JOURNAL: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression
Series Title: Young American Voices
by Moss, Marissa
J FICTION MOS
Rose keeps a journal of her family's difficult times on their farm during the days of the Dust Bowl in 1935.

SECRET SCHOOL

SECRET SCHOOL
by Avi

In 1925, 14-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.

SILENT BOY

SILENT BOY
by Lowry, Lois

Katy, the precocious 10-year-old daughter of the town doctor, befriends a retarded boy.

SOUP

SOUP
Series Title: SOUP
by Peck, Robert Newton
J FICTION PEC
The adventures and misadventures of two boys growing up in a small Vermont town in the 1930's. Soup and Rob are always getting into mischievous trouble that usually ends up involving their entire community.
1. Soup
2. Soup and me
3. Soup for President
4. Soup on Fire
5. Soup's Hoop
6. Soup in Love

SUMMER OF THE DANCING HORSE

SUMMER OF THE DANCING HORSE
by Clifford, Eth

The summer of 1923, when Bessie is 8 & her brother & friend 12, is a special one of sacrifices, fulfilled desires, & heartbreak too.

SURVIVAL IN THE STORM

SURVIVAL IN THE STORM
Series Title: Dear America
by Janke, Katelan
J FICTION JAN
Subtitle: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas, 1935
A 12-year-old girl keeps a journal of her family's and friends' difficult experiences in the Texas panhandle, part of the "Dust Bowl," during the Great Depression.

TEACHER'S FUNERAL: A COMEDY IN  THREE PARTS

TEACHER'S FUNERAL: A COMEDY IN THREE PARTS
by Peck, Richard

In rural Indiana in 1904, 15-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."

THIMBLE SUMMER

THIMBLE SUMMER
by Enright, Elizabeth

A few hours after Garnet Linden found a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains came to end the long drought on her family's Wisconsin farm.
Newbery Medal, 1939

TIME FOR COURAGE

TIME FOR COURAGE
Series Title: Dear America
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
Subtitle: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C., 1917
A diary account of 13-year-old Kathleen Bowen's life in Washington, D.C. in 1917, as she juggles concerns about the national battle for women's suffrage, the war in Europe, and her own school work and family.

TIMOTHY OF THE CAY

TIMOTHY OF THE CAY
by Taylor, Theodore

Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with the old black man Timothy, 12-year-old white Phillip is rescued and hopes to regain his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters follow the life of Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy in the early 1900's.
Prequel/Sequel to THE CAY

TO RACE A DREAM

TO RACE A DREAM
by Savage, Deborah

In 1906, 15-year-old Theodora disguises herself as a boy to pursue her dream of becoming a race horse driver.

TRUTH ABOUT SPARROWS

TRUTH ABOUT SPARROWS
by Hale, Marian

12-year-old Sadie promises that she will always be Wilma's best friend when their families leaves drought-stricken Missouri in 1933, but once in Texas, Sadie learns that she must try to make a new home--and new friends, too.

VOYAGE ON THE GREAT TITANIC

VOYAGE ON THE GREAT TITANIC
Series Title: Dear America
by White, Ellen Emerson
J FICTION WHI
Subtitle: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912
In her diary in 1912, 13-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.

WELL: DAVID'S STORY

WELL: DAVID'S STORY
by Taylor, Mildred D.

In Mississippi in the early 1900s ten-year-old David Logan's family generously shares their well water with both white & black neighbors in an atmosphere of potential racial violence. Part of the Logan family saga.

WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AGAIN

WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AGAIN
Series Title: Dear America
by Levine, Beth
J FICTION LEV
Subtitle: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer, New York City to the Western Front, 1917.
Teenage Simone's diaries for 1917 and 1918 reveal her experiences as a carefree member of New York society, then as a "Hello girl," a volunteer switchboard operator for the Army Signal Corps in France.

WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN

WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN
by Yep, Laurence

An Asian cook & a Chinese New Year celebration help a 10-year-old girl at a Montana stage coach station to regain her confidence after smallpox scars her face.

WHITE STAR: A DOG ON THE TITANIC

WHITE STAR: A DOG ON THE TITANIC
by Crisp, Marty

12-year-old Sam, a passenger on the Titanic's maiden sea voyage, volunteers to help care for the dogs in the ocean liner's kennel and becomes fast friends with the Irish setter of J. Bruce Ismay, the ship's owner.

WONDER OF CHARLIE ANNE

WONDER OF CHARLIE ANNE
by Fusco, Kimberly Newton
J FICTION FUS
In a 1930's Massachusetts farm town torn by the Depression, racial tension, and other hardships, Charlie Anne and her black next-door neighbor Phoebe form a friendship that begins to transform their community.

 

Books for Teens (YA Fiction)

BLACK DUCK

BLACK DUCK
by Lisle, Janet Taylor

Years afterwards, Ruben Hart tells the story of how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his family and his best friend's family were up in the violent competition among groups trying to control local rum-smuggling trade.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

BROOKLYN BRIDGE
by Hesse, Karen
YOUNG ADULT FICTION HES
In 1903 Brooklyn, 14-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changes for the worse when his parents, Russian immigrants, invent the teddy bear and turn their apartment into a factory, while nearby the glitter of Coney Island contrasts with the dismal lives of children dwelling under the Brooklyn Bridge.

ESPERANZA RISING

ESPERANZA RISING
by Ryan, Pamela Munoz

Esperanza & her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth & privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. Based on the experiences of the author's grandmother.
Also in Spanish: ESPERANZA RENACE

HATTIE BIG SKY

HATTIE BIG SKY
by Larson, Kirby

After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, 16-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1918 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.
Newbery Honor Book

OUT OF THE DUST

OUT OF THE DUST
by Hesse, Karen

A novel in a series of poems, 15-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dustbowl years of the Depression.
Newbery Award Winner, 1998.

SEA SO FAR

SEA SO FAR
by Thesman , Jean
YA FICTION THE
After surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires, two teenage girls, a wealthy semi-invalid and her hired companion, travel together to Ireland and discover they share much in common, from a love of romance novels to grief over the loss of their mothers.